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Not a lighting question

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by RLI Electric, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. RLI Electric

    RLI Electric LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 381

    Anyone who does paver driveways or stone walks familiar with an electrical heating source to prevent ice. One of the landscapers I work with asked me if there is such a product and I have never come across anything for outdoor use. I use NuHeat all the time for bathroom remodels. Sorry to stray from the lighting a second but I figured there were more than a handful of experts on this forum that has seen something like this.
  2. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 848

  3. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    be sure and check the electrical panel and size of driveway, on one web site it mentions a 30 amp 230 volt breaker for 175 square foot of driveway, and that is quite bit of juice and not a lot of concrete. my drive way on my home is about 1000 square foot.
  4. RLI Electric

    RLI Electric LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 381

    One that I came across was 30 watts per square foot. THAT will add up quick.
  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    Gas is the only way to go...but still costs a LOT.
  6. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,019

    I'm sure the HO doesn't have a water stove. That would be the real answer.
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  7. niteliters

    niteliters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 537

    how big of a hurry are you in Bob? a client of mine has it in their driveway and it's pretty large, about 200 yards long x 13' wide with a 80'x 40' parking area in the middle. They are a new client so I don't know how much of it is heated but he indicated that all of it was. They are on a trip and won't return till next week, I can get the specifics when they return if you would like.
  8. RLI Electric

    RLI Electric LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 381

    Chris, I can wait till they get back, thank you. I look forward to hearing what they have.
  9. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    it would seem that a geothermal heat pump using tubing much like radiant floors would seem to be the least cost over the long run, but probably the most expensive to install.
  10. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Hi Bob. Many of my clients heat their patios, paths and even some do their driveways in order to keep snow clearing to a minimum. Usually it is tied into their hydronic heating systems but I have seen electrical heat line used too. I haven't paid much attention to it as I am philosophically opposed to the concept ( imagine the carbon footprint!) I will ask around and find out what is being used out there.

    A google search on "electric driveway heating" brought up millions of hits. Check this one out: http://www.warmzone.com/SnowMelting.asp

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